Our history

Our support of St Bartholomew’s Hospital dates back nine centuries, and of The Royal London Hospital three centuries, during which time donations have helped patients receive the healthcare they need.

900 years of caring

We can trace our origins back to 1123, when Rahere – a courtier to King Henry I – founded St Bartholomew’s Priory and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. When Henry VIII closed the Priory in 1539, there was outcry among the citizens of London at the possible loss of their hospital too. In 1546, Henry granted the Hospital to the City of London, re-endowing it with properties and income.

The work you support today is helping to write the history of tomorrow.

Looking back through the centuries

Since 1550, Barts Charity has been part of an annual celebration called View Day. This provides an opportunity for the Trust alongside Barts Charity and its supporters to join together to reflect on the amazing history of St Bartholomew’s and all the hospitals of Barts Health NHS Trust. It’s also a time to reflect on achievements of the past year, the extraordinary work that takes place each day, and what the future holds. Find out about some of View Day's strange traditions and history:

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What we do

We support patients in the hospitals of Barts Health NHS Trust, funding research, equipment and community projects.

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Get involved and help us do more for patients in the hospitals we support. From runs to bake sales, you can do something extraordinary.

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